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In October 2010, a bulldozer operator working at the base of the Snowmass ski area in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains uncovered the skeleton of a young female mammoth. Over the next 11 months, this find would yield a treasure trove of amazingly well-preserved ice age fossils - more than 5,000 bones of over 40 kinds of animals - and would change forever our understanding of alpine life in the ice age. Join Dr. Kirk Johnson as he tells the dynamic story of this discovery and dig: the excitement, emotion, and the colorful cast of characters who made the project a success.[ ]
Dr. Johnson is a paleobotanist who specializes in the study of the geology and fossil plants of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains from 34 to 145 million years ago. He also studies the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary extinction event and the origin of major ecological communities known as biomes. With his broad interests and expertise in the evolution of life on Earth, he has worked on all continents and has discovered more than 1,400 new fossil localities. Johnson is the author of numerous scientific papers, and he has edited seven scientific volumes. He has written nine books, including award-winning popular books, and has appeared on many television programs–most recently in NOVA’s Ice Age Death Trap. Dr. Johnson has also been the chief scientist for several exhibitions and has collaborated with many artists to make science more accessible to general audiences. Dr. Johnson comes to NMNH from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where he was the chief curator and vice president of research and collections. He has a national and international reputation as a top scientist, educator and museum administrator.
Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in geology and fine arts from Amherst College, a master’s degree in geology and paleobotany from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in geology and paleobotany from Yale University.
Dr. Johnson and his wife, Chase DeForest, are originally from Seattle and are looking forward to beginning a new adventure in Washington, D.C.
Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by Ben Schneider. Originally a solo project, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). In May 2010, Schneider traveled home to Michigan and spent a week on the shores of Lake Huron. For several months he had been writing songs and designing artwork in Los Angeles, though he wasn't sure exactly where his ideas were headed. There at the lake, where many of his formative experiences had come to pass, Schneider recorded the three songs that would comprise the Into the Sun EP.
The band toured heavily in 2011, continuing to develop the live show. They played across the country, including performances at South by Southwest, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza. Mark Barry and Tom Renaud, childhood friends of Schneider, moved to Los Angeles to join Lord Huron, while Miguel Briseno also originally hails from Michigan. The band has worked hard to recreate the densely layered recordings in the live setting. Barry was principal in this effort, particularly early on as the band was still forming. He plays several instruments during the course of a performance (often at the same time) and is a guiding force in the arrangement of the show.
In January 2012, Lord Huron signed with independent label, IAMSOUND Records. The first full-length album from Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams was released in September 2012.
Wildcat! Wildcat! go way back...oh, let’s say 15 years. Lead singers Jesse Taylor, Michael Wilson and drummer Jesse Carmichael all share more than a few strong common bonds...a propensity for making music being the obvious. Over the span of years the guys have played together in one fashion or another, but didn’t delve into this project until 2011, when it just felt like time. Ever since, they’ve been meeting weekly at their Downtown L.A. recording studio/loft space, popping PBR tabs, and creating those indulgent indie/electro/pop/sexybeats you hear today.
Based in Los Angeles, Justin Gage is the founder of the influential music blog, Aquarium Drunkard and Autumn Tone Records. He also works as a music supervisor/ consultant and host the Aquarium Drunkard radio show weekly on SIRIUS XMU sateliite radio.